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Police Squad - The dysfunctional police comedy POLICE SQUAD/ABC/1982/CBS/1991 starred Leslie Nielsen as Detective Frank Drebin, a bumbling, straight-faced police investigator who worked for Police Squad, an elite unit of a big city police force. 

Leslie Nielsen as Detective Frank Drebin - POLICE SQUAD!

Other Police Squad members included:

  • Alan North as Captain Ed Hocken, Drebin's boss
  • Ed Williams as Ted Olson, a police scientist
  • Peter Lupus as Nordberg, a numbskull police officer

Det. Drebin gets information from Johnny the shoeshine boy (William Duell), an omniscient street snitch who always has the exact answer Frank needs to solve a crime.

The program is filled with bad jokes and silly sight gags. For example, Drebin and a crook in a shoot out with Drebin behind a bus bench and the crook behind a trash can which are just three feet from each other.

At the beginning of each episode, we hear the bold statement "Police Squad - In Color." Within seconds of  announcing "Tonight's Guest Star...", the guest star is killed and never appears in that night's episode.


"I'd just come from the stockyards. We'd gotten reports of hundreds of cows had been senselessly slaughtered in the area, but I couldn't find any evidence. I stopped off for a hamburger and checked in with headquarters. - Det. Drebin

"We would have come earlier, but your husband wasn't dead yet." Det. Drebin to a grieving widow


When Drebin drives his car to a section of town called Little Italy, the scenes through the back window are equally ridiculous like showing  views of downtown Rome, Italy and the Coliseum.

As the program closes, all the actors stand perfectly still as the end credits scroll role across the screen.  

TRIVIA NOTE: The Police Squad spawned three theatrical films, including The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988); The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991); and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994).


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